[Winter is here and so are SPOILERS!]
The creators of Game of Thrones have made one thing perfectly clear, they are willing to eliminate entire houses within the blink of an eye.
While Arya Stark impressively took out the entire Frey clan during last week’s GoT episode, another famous family faced destruction during Sunday night’s showing of the HBO drama. As promised, the battle on the Narrow Sea brought all kinds of bloodshed, but not until the very end of the episode.
So, strap in, and discover everything that went down during season seven’s second episode, titled Stormborn.
Alliances Are Made And Solidified
During a dark and stormy night at Dragonstone, Daenerys Targaryen unexpectedly grills Varys over his history of flitting from one ruler to the next. After vowing his loyalty to the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys invites the eunuch to stay on as a member of her small council — but promises that if he crosses her she’ll burn him alive. Fair enough.
It’s almost as if Melisandre’s ears started tingling at the mention of burning people as she appears at Dragonstone to give the Targaryen queen some advice. The Red Woman fills Daenerys in on the prophecy of Azor Ahai (you know the savior who has been prophesied to be reborn and save everyone). While everyone assumes the savior is meant to be a male prince, Daenerys’ gal pal and translator Missandei explains that the term prince in the prophecy is actually gender neutral. Well, this explains why the red priestess has come to serve Daenerys.
After capturing the Queen’s attention, Melisandre advises the royal to reach out to Jon Snow, King of the North, as she’s certain he has a role to play in the prophecy too. Daenerys’ hand Tyrion Lannister gets excited at the idea of forging an alliance with Ned Stark’s bastard/secret nephew as they need more allies in Westeros. Daenerys listens to her advisers and sends a raven to Winterfell and invites Snow to “bend the knee.”
Unsurprisingly, those in Winterfell are nervous to accept the invitation as every time a ruler in the North leaves, they die. At first, Jon is talked out of going by his sister Sansa Stark as she’s wary of the mysterious Dragon queen. However, after receiving a raven from his good buddy Samwell Tarly about how there is dragonglass to be found at Dragonstone, the bastard King decides to head South. Now, this understandably disappoints the lords in the North, but they need dragonglass to defeat the zombie White Walker army. Thus, Jon puts his sister in charge — pleasing Sansa and Petyr Baelish (AKA Littlefinger).
Littlefinger tries to have a pow-wow with Snow, but makes things awkward when he professes his love for the King’s little sister. In response to Petyr’s creepy proposal, Jon shoves the lord against a wall and warns him to stay away from Sansa. Excuse us as we go swoon for a second.
Jon then mounts his horse and peaces for Dragonstone. Hopefully, this isn’t the last time he sees Winterfell!!
Dr. Tarly’s In The House
Daenerys’ loyal sworn sword, Ser Jorah Mormont is currently at the Citadel where Samwell is studying up on dragonglass. Why?? Well, because, the knight is looking for a cure for greyscale. After one grumpy Arch-Maester refuses to hear Tarly out about a radical treatment plan, it appears as though Jorah is doomed.
But Sam, being the rule breaker he is, shows up late at night to treat Mormont because he knew the sick knight’s father through the Night’s Watch. The medical procedure is gross, painful, and uncomfortable to watch (be glad you missed it). Regardless, Tarly finishes the surgery — yet it’s still unclear if the treatment was successful.
Arya Has Her Own Game Of Thrones Reunion
After running into her old pal Hot Pie, Arya Stark learns that her favorite brother (cousin?) has taken back Winterfell and is now King of the North. This news completely derails the assassin on the rise’s plan to murder Queen Cersei Lannister as she decides to head North to reunite with her family. Later in her journey, Arya is surrounded by a pack of wolves led by her long lost direwolf, Nymeria.
The young Stark asks her direwolf to accompany her back to Winterfell, but the wolf turns and runs off into the woods. Like Arya, Nymeria has changed a ton over the course of seven seasons. Stark continues on her journey home, but if she makes it, we’re not sure she’ll be able to stay in one place. She’s been through too much.
Cersei Lannister, Queen Of Public Relations
Amid the news that Daenerys has landed in Westeros, Cersei summons the remaining lords at her disposal and begs them to help her stop the Targaryen’s impending army. In order to rally the lords to her side, the Lannister queen brands Daenerys as the mad offspring of crazzzy King Aerys II.
Cersei, who is clearly shaken up over the idea of facing dragons, is then comforted by her sidekick Qyburn as he shows her a new weapon he’s working on to defeat the dragons. NOOOOO!
Back To Dragonstone
Feeling antsy to take the Seven Kingdoms, Daenerys has a meeting with her powerful AF squad –including Ellaria Sand, Yara Greyjoy, and Olenna Tyrell. The crew argues about how best to use the dragons and their giant army. While the ladies want to rage fire rain on King’s Landing, Tyrion advises that they only uses soldiers from Westeros for the invasion as it’ll seem more like a civil war and not like an outside take over. Daenerys agrees with the Imp, as she orders that the Unsullied and Dothraki army will seize Cersei’s homeland of Casterly Rock. Whereas the Greyjoys and Ellaria are commanded to lay siege on King’s Landing, which will likely starve out Cersei into surrendering.
Despite agreeing with the game plan, Olenna tells Daenerys that the lords of Westeros are sheep and will follow whom ever they fear most. The Queen of Thorns quips:
“Are you a sheep? No. You’re a dragon. Be a dragon.”
*Slow claps* As for Missandei and Grey Worm, they take their flirtationship to the next level as they share a passionate night together since the Unsullied captain is Casterly Rock bound. It’s hot, and that’s all we’ll say on the matter.
The Battle On The Narrow Sea
While en route to pick up the Dornish army for a siege on King’s Landing, the Greyjoy fleet is discovered by their evil uncle Euron Greyjoy (who has built his own massive armada). The battle is bloody and brutal and some of our favorites die — including Obara and Nymeria Sand. Ellaria and her daughter Tyene are captured and taken hostage. Well there goes half of the Dornish royal family.
Yara does everything in her power to take down her psychotic uncle, but to no avail. After an epic tousle, Euron overpowers Yara and holds a blade to her throat. Theon witnesses this and immediately has a Reek flashback. Yara sheds as single tear as her brother jumps overboard like a coward and hides from the savage armada. Oof.
Like we said, a LOT happened.
Be sure to let us know YOUR favorite moment from the episode (below)! You know you have one…